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Hollywood's Hottest Restaurants

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From the Sunset Strip to the Hollywood Hills, Chef Ryan Scott dives into Tinseltown's food scene. Hollywood sits right in the heart of Los Angeles and everyone knows it as the entertainment capital of the world but some of the city's restaurants are as well-known as movie stars.

Perched above the city in Hollywood Hills is Yamashiro -- which means mountain palace. This century old, ten-room mansion with beautiful views, exotic gardens, craved dragons and a Japanese pagoda, has some of the best Asian-fusion cuisine around.

"The place is surrounded in a shroud of positivity. People come up here to get engaged, people come up here to get married, you know... first dates," said Carlos Ulloa, owner.

In the 1930s it was a private club for actors.

"They would throw raging parties up here," said Carlos.

Executive chef Brock Kleweno has been serving his signature dishes for a decade.

"It is Asian inspired and we try to take a lot of elements from LA in general which has every culture and everything you could ever imagine in LA so when I approach the menu, I try to hit all those elements whether it's Asian or Latino or white guy," said Brock Kleweno, chef.

Some of their famous dishes include their spicy tuna forbidden rice roll topped with avocado and caviar, grilled tuna with a zesty tomatillo salsa and a sweet Asian sauce and an American wagyu steak cooked on a Himalayan salt plate.

Ryan's next stop is in West Hollywood which is known for its vibrant commercial corridor, eccentric nightlife on Sunset Strip and some delicious eats!

Rivabella offers guests a delightful alfresco dining experience. Both the décor and the menu mixes rustic Italian farmhouse with a hip Hollywood vibe. The restaurant is complete with its own wine cave for those who want to feel like they are dining at an Italian vineyard.

"We are in Hollywood. You want to eat and go out and have a good time. You don't want to eat and go sleep. So the food focuses on that lighter and fresher style with big flavors," said Brent, manager.

They source ingredients from near and far. The fresh produce comes from local farmers markets and imported goods from Italy. Executive chef Luigi Fineo who moved from Italy 10 years ago is the guy in charge. He showed Ryan how to make a popular dish -- braised lamb ragu with sweet peaches, sharp parmesan cheese and pistachio pappardelle.

"The food that we do is upscale Italian with lots of old school dishes with a twist and a new version but that's how we blend together," said Luigi.

Celebrities may be hard to find but if you are looking for flavors from around the world, you'll find them in Hollywood. A couple of blocks off touristy Sunset Boulevard a wonderful taste of South America can be found at Los Balcones. For almost 10 years, Los Balcones has been serving Peruvian food in Hollywood.

Brothers Jorge, Eduardo and Walter Rodriguez grew up in Ica, Peru, just three hours south of Lima. But they moved to Southern California in the 1980s when Peru's political climate became fraught with terrorism.

The Rodriguez brothers desperately missed their traditional Peruvian fare, and found it difficult to find an eatery that would have all their favorite dishes in one place, so they decided to create the restaurant they wanted, and one they all felt Los Angeles deserved.

"Peru has 1,500 meters of coast line so seafood is huge," said Jorge Rodriguez, co-owner of Los Balcones.

In the kitchen, Jorge's brother, Walter, is the chef. He prepares recipes from his homeland using Peruvian ingredients. The signature dishes include ceviche, which is a raw fish cured in citrus, a Peruvian pancake topped with braised lamb and vegetables and filet stir fry.

Ryan is eating his way across Hollywood and has landed at the well-known intersection of Hollywood and Vine. There you can see part of the world most famous sidewalk that honors celebrities from past to present.

In the historic Taft Building, Wood and Vine -- a trendy pub -- entertains with its unique décor, backyard patio and delicious food.

It is a great bar to enjoy a cocktail before going to a Broadway show but what you want to get a ticket for is the food! The kitchen cranks out high-end pub food and the guy in charge is someone that Ryan went to culinary school with.

"Wood and Vine has been around for about three-and-a-half years. It is located right across from Pantages Theaters. We get a lot of the show crowd coming in to eat before and after the show," said Marc Johnson, executive chef.

Some of their signature dishes include fried chicken and waffles with sage butter and basil capellini with yolk and prosciutto.

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Segment 1
Enjoy Asian Inspired Cuisine with Stunning Views at Hollywoods Yamashiro
Enjoy Asian Inspired Cuisine with Stunning Views at Hollywood's Yamashiro
Chef Ryan Scott is checking out all of Hollywood's hottest restaurants. He starts by trying the Asian-fusion food at Yamashiro, which is set in a historic Mountain Palace atop Hollywood.
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Segment 2
Dine Alfresco at West Hollywoods Rivabella
Dine Alfresco at West Hollywood's Rivabella
Chef Ryan Scott visits Rivabella, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in West Hollywood.
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Segment 3
Hollywoods Los Balcones Offers Authentic Peruvian Cuisine
Hollywood's Los Balcones Offers Authentic Peruvian Cuisine
Celebrities may be hard to find but if you are looking for flavors from around the world, you'll find them in Hollywood. A couple of blocks off touristy Sunset Boulevard a wonderful taste of South America can be found at Los Balcones.
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Segment 4
Trendy Pub Food at Wood and Vine in Hollywood
Trendy Pub Food at Wood and Vine in Hollywood
Chef Ryan Scott is eating his way across Hollywood and has landed at the well-known intersection of Hollywood and Vine. In the historic Taft Building, Wood and Vine -- a trendy pub -- entertains with its unique décor, backyard patio and delicious food.
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